There’s even more good drinking coming to Highland Park soon, thanks to Gracias Madre/Cafe Gratitude beverage director Jason Eisner. With the new downtown Cafe Gratitude up and running, Eisner is now back to focusing his spare time on Block Party, a casual craft beer bar with an awesome-looking patio.
Initially thought to be nothing more than a fancy wine and cheese shop, Block Party will actually be a haven for craft beer drinkers looking to gain a little knowledge with their pints. Co-owners Andreas Kraemer and Dustin Shaw are certified Cicerones (beer sommeliers, basically), and along with Eisner they plan on bringing intelligence to the art of drinking well.
Organic charcuterie boards and cheese plates will still be on offer, as will vegan-friendly options. There will definitely be some small production wines as well as housemade sodas, but the plan, says Eisner, is not for snobbery but inclusion. Eisner lives in the neighborhood himself, and saw an opportunity to make the sort of thing that he’d want to see in the neighborhood.
Apparently that also means a killer 3,000 square foot redwood patio, which is still under construction but coming along nicely. Once finished, it’ll house the usual slew of yard games like bocce ball and ping pong.
Block Party is still under construction, but should be ready for a mid-Spring debut.
5052 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA